Friday, September 24, 2010

Health Benefits of Grapefruits

1. Vitamin C Super Fruit
For people looking to fight off the common cold and free radicals, Vitamin C rich foods should definitely be added to their diet. Research shows that because it is so effective in protecting against free radicals that one can also benefit from a reduction in risk of death from cancer, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. Grapefruit has huge amounts of Vitamin C in each serving. Just one small serving (less than a glass of juice) has 80% of the Vitamin C you need each day.

2. Prevents Kidney Stones
No one that has had a kidney stone wants to have another one. Drinking between a half liter and one whole liter of grapefruit juice, apple juice, or orange juice daily will increase your urinary pH value citric acid excretion. This helps to significantly lower your risk of calcium oxalate stones forming.

3. Weight Loss Booster
One of the most popular grapefruit benefits is the fact that it can help you lose weight. It’s very low in sodium and high in fat burning enzymes. This means that it will not only burn fat, but help flush out excess water that is retained from high sodium diets.

4. Super Charges Your Metabolism
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Grapefruit is excellent at jump starting your metabolism, particularly when eaten within 2 hours of waking up. The high water content in grapefruit in combination with certain enzymes and acids in it get your internal organs working. Eating within 2 hours of waking gets your digestive system kicked into high gear from the early morning and stops your body from going into starvation mode. Combine these and you’ve got one metabolic booster of a breakfast.

5. Helps Your Liver Detoxify
Grapefruit juice can also substantially increase the activity and production of liver enzymes that help detoxify by eliminating toxic compounds from your body. Your liver is designed to clear out all toxins and carcinogens in two phases. Grapefruit helps during both of these phases, removing cancer causing toxins from your body.

6. Greatly Helps Fight Prostate Cancer
A flavonoid called naringenin can help repair injured DNA in prostate cancer cells. Since prostate cells divide at a slower rate than other cancer cells, the naringenin is able to make significant differences between cell divisions. This flavonoid is found in ample amounts in grapefruit.

7. Protection Against Lung Cancer
Grapefruit also helps protect against deadly lung cancer. Drinking just three 6 ounce glasses of grapefruit juice a day has been shown to help reduce the activities of enzymes that can activate the cancer-triggering chemicals that are found in cigarette and cigar smoke.

8. Lowers Cholesterol
In a recent study, people that added red grapefruit to their normal diet showed total cholesterol lowered by 15%, LDL cholesterol by 20%, and triglycerides by 17%. This study lasted just 30 days. Blonde grapefruit was also proven to be very beneficial.

9. Fever Reducer
Grapefruit pulp has been shown to provide assistance to patients in reducing fevers. Its helps reduce the burning sensations that can occur when you have a high temperature.

10. Indigestion
Grapefruit is also useful for ridding yourself of indigestion. It is considered a light food in comparison to other foods and can digested quickly and easily. This eases indigestion by reducing the heat and irritation that is in your stomach.

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